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    Default Calm/Hyno/water birth - what was your experience?

    Hi ladies,

    So I am 18 weeks and starting to think about what kind of birth I'd like to try for. I've asked to be put though the midwifery group practice at my local hospital but I am still waiting to see if I qualify.

    I've just heard about hypno and calmbirthing - can someone tell me of there is a difference? Has anyone here used it for their birth? Did it work?

    I have also been considering a waterbirth, but there are limited baths so if one isn't available on the day then I can't go that way.

    Ideally I'd like my birth to be as calm and relaxed as possible, and if I could somehow involve DH more in it too I think that would be beneficial for all of us I am of course worried about how I will handle the pain, so I'm trying to educate myself and see what methods help with this process.

    So any stories/resources/ideas people would like to share, I'd love to hear!

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    Following I'm interested in taking a course but would like to know about both

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    Hypno/calm birth was a bit to intense for me plus there are no classes here in perth so I didn't go that route.

    I did however read and use techniques from birth skills by juju sunkin and found it great. Took what I needed and found some techniques particularly helpful. Heck, I got through 36 hours of 8 min or less contractions and 18 hours of active labour with no drugs!

    I used the bath for hours but didn't birth in there and found it great to relax in. On land I started struggling to relax between contractions but in the bath I was so relaxed I fell asleep a couple of times.

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    I didnt end up with a waterbirth (though had planned to have one) but labouring in water was great!

    I did calmbirth, but didnt practise it enough. As far as i know its very similar to hypnobirthing.

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    I did a water birth and it was awesome! I actually enjoyed labour and being in the water so took much of the intensity and pain away. Would definitely do it again and highly recommend it. Good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shani2 View Post
    Hypno/calm birth was a bit to intense for me plus there are no classes here in perth so I didn't go that route.

    I did however read and use techniques from birth skills by juju sunkin and found it great. Took what I needed and found some techniques particularly helpful. Heck, I got through 36 hours of 8 min or less contractions and 18 hours of active labour with no drugs!

    I used the bath for hours but didn't birth in there and found it great to relax in. On land I started struggling to relax between contractions but in the bath I was so relaxed I fell asleep a couple of times.
    OMG Shani what an awesome job you did!! X


    I agree with Shani with water. I have had 4 drug free births (except tried a breath of gas with my first). My first was an induction on a bed and it was torture to me. My second I laboured in a dark room in a bath and like Shani I fell asleep a couple of times.
    My third I was in a shower again with the lights out.
    My final baby was supposed to be a water home birth but I got out to go to the toilet and baby came!! I laboured in the bath and it was early morning so minimal lights.

    So for me water and minimal lights played a huge role in me relaxing through labour. I also has read before my 4th baby a lady who described how she imagined with her contractions her bagina opening up for her baby to come out. I did this and it really helped me stay focused.

    Good luck.

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    DH and I just completed a course on Hypnobirthing, which we found to focus on relaxation techniques and skills to assist with birthing in a stress, fear and anxiety free environment. I would highly recommend looking into it!! It also focuses on your support person (in my case DH) being a major player on the day of delivery. Check out their website, well worth every cent and time invested!!

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    DH and I did a hypnobirthing course and we found it very helpful, mostly because it gave us both confidence.

    I managed to labor quite calmly on the big day, though I did end up having gas, pethidine and epidural by the end. But I did a good stint just using the relaxation techniques and the midwives were impressed with how calm I was!

    Next time I'm having an epidural but I should brush up on my hypnobirthing skills too so I go into it calmly

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    I laboured and birthed in water and will do the same with this bub provided all goes well. Whilst I was blessed to not have a long or excruciatingly painful labour, it was still an instant relief for me the second I got in. It was all I needed for pain relief, no gas or anything used

    Dh was in the bath with me and was helping keep me propped up at times so I think he felt like he was useful at least a little bit!

    I have also looked into hypnobirthing this time but undecided whether ill look further into it

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    Thanks everyone! I've googled a bit of stuff on hypnobirthing but still a little confused as to what it is - it seems to be relaxation techniques to help you keep calm is this right? or is there more to it? The classes in Adelaide are pretty pricey and probably a bit out of my price range, so might just stick to books and videos at this stage to see if I am interested.

    I think I'd really like a water birth but if the baths aren't available I think I might need a back up plan!? Or even if they are a combination of different things may work. I'll also get a hold of a copy of Birth Skills thanks @shani2 - I had heard of it before but the name escaped me.


 

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